THE DREAM WAS IN HIS HEART
Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.
But the Lord said to my father David, “Because it was in your heart to build a house for My name, you did well that it was in your heart. -- 1 Kings 8:17-18
David understood the impossibility of realizing the fulfillment of everything he might anticipate, yet it was because he treasured so noble a dream as to build a house for the name of the Lord that Solomon was enabled to bring it to fruition.
AWAITING THE MOMENT
Now I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, while the men who were with me did not see the vision; nevertheless a great dread fell on them, and they ran away to hide themselves. Daniel 10:7
During the third year of the reign of King Cyrus of Persia a vision came to Daniel as he stood near the Tigris River.
Why was this vision, so clearly perceived by Daniel, unseen by those who were at his side? The context indicates that Daniel had prepared himself for three weeks in anticipation of this golden moment. Preparation and expectation brought to Daniel that which was denied to the unexpectant and unprepared.
COUNTING THE COST
For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it? -- Luke 14:28
Whether we are building a tower or a meaningful Christian life, we must realize that anything worthwhile demands sober forethought, a relinquishing of the trivial to make possible that which is more desirable, and a willingness to make the required sacrifices.